Guest post Tuesday is back! (Feel free to sing that to the tune of “Backstreet’s back, all right!” You won’t be sorry). And just like all the Tuesdays before it, today we enter into ritual, into those not-so-boring rituals that make the story deeper. I’m grateful to share this space with my dear friend Lily today, and I think you’ll love the chipper way her words gather us in to give us a picture of her everyday. Enjoy!
Rituals are hard for me — at least I am not sure I am that ritualistic.
I really, and I mean really want to have more rituals in my life. My job is what I make it: I don’t have to show up to an office at the same time every day. I don’t have the same routine 2 days in a row in my work and thus my personal life doesn’t have an enormous amount of structure attached to it either.
As I think about what I do most frequently that makes for a ritual in my life it’s likely true for most people I know… I make a cup of coffee every morning.
Several years ago, while living in San Francisco, my mom was out visiting from Colorado and we decided to hit up a cooperative grocery store called Rainbow Grocery in the Mission District. You see, I’m not the most picky person about coffee, however, I have lived in places that it’s sacrilege to NOT have an opinion about your coffee, where it comes from and how it’s made. While at Rainbow Grocery I saw a one cup, pour over funnel and made the purchase more on the basis to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” than to have the most perfect cup of coffee every morning.
I don’t have the right pouring nozzle/ spout deal that you’re suppose to use for said one cup funnel. Don’t tell anyone, but I just pour boiling water from my tea kettle and it splashes around a bit and then drains into the awaiting mug. I do buy nice beans, you know, $12 a pound kind of beans. Never would I be caught drinking some instant stuff; well that’s a lie, I’ll drink Starbucks Via in a pinch.
But, this ritual, that most people partake in, leads to relationships and isn’t that what life’s all about?
I sit with my coffee in the morning in the kitchen that I share with 3 and sometimes 4 roommates. Some days I am with Jesus and coffee, other times I am with a roommate catching up on life. There are many times where forces combine when one roommate shows up and we make a delightful breakfast on a Tuesday morning before heading off to the day that awaits.
This little ritual that I partake of every morning extends into the deeper story. Plans are made, stories are shared, dreams are dreamt and life is richer. The need to awaken is aided with a good cup of joe, sweet friends and early mornings.
I just returned from 10 days in Hawaii where I would rise and fall asleep with the sun. The Big Island of Hawaii is only 19 degrees north of the equator which means the sun rises and sets at the same time all year long. This place is a that ritual comes alive for me — just the same as at home, but early mornings with a view, coffee, Jesus and the sounds of the island make the mundane magical. This I take with me to the deeper story of life in the everyday, the ritual of the common man that becomes what’s most meaningful about existing.
Lily loves to have fun, because like Cara, she’s a 7 on the Enneagram. There’s no adventure too big or small that she wouldn’t partake in. Lily has been on Young Life staff for almost 11 years and enjoys the variety of her job, though it provides no routine and all the space in the world for ritual. An avid cyclist, Lily loves to crank out tons of miles in favor for a good beer and burrito at the end of the day. She loves people and will do nearly anything to be with fun people enjoying the wonder this life holds. So, what say you? What part of Lily’s Rainbow Grocery-inspired cup o’ joe (with nods to Hawaii, San Francisco and Seattle along the way) captured you today?0